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Buhari is deliberately sabotaging Tinubu’s presidential ambition

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It would be interesting to see how the APC survives this.

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, could become Nigeria’s 5th democratically elected president since the return of democracy in 1999, if he overcomes the first hurdle of winning the APC party ticket, and then amassing the majority votes in the 2023 presidential election. But, it’s not as easy as 123.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, is currently being choked by the personal and political interests of its members, many whom are party heavy weights seeking to succeed Buhari in about a year’s time. 

While it is normal for politicians to slug it out for party tickets, Tinubu and vice President Yemi Osinbajo, are the names currently making the most headlines from the APC, for obvious reasons, of course.

Tinubu in particular, had hoped to become the APC’s first presidential candidate in the 2015 presidential election, but for some reason, most likely due to issues of zoning, Buhari’s popularity in the North, and perhaps, a political strategy to take advantage of wranglings within the Peoples Democratic Party over Jonathan’s insistence to run for a second term, may have forced him to sacrifice his ambition.

The situation in the APC, prior to the 2015 presidential election, was no different from the current crisis rocking the party. In fact, the disagreement over who should get the presidential ticket at the time, was so tense that Nigerians had thought the newly formed party would eventually collapse, but it never did. Why? Because there was a deal.

“This is an open secret. There was an implied agreement. Even in law, there is implied and expressed act. If something is expressed, there are no two ways about it. There was an implied agreement that he would take over. That is why he didn’t back out after the first tenure. If Tinubu knew that he would not benefit, he would have backed out during Buhari’s first tenure. But he knows there was an agreement,” a former member of the House of Representatives and Senator representing Kano Central, Rufai Hanga, has said in an interview with Daily Trust.

So, if you are wondering why Tinubu is pushing hard for the presidency this time around, well, it’s because it’s his turn, if at all, an agreement existed prior to Buhari emerging as the APC candidate back in 2014.

Hanga who is from the North, acknowledged Tinubu’s sacrifices saying the APC leader must have been encouraged by the belief that after Buhari, he’s the next in line regardless the ambitions of other members and opposition he’s likely to face within the party.

Tinubu’s hope of ruling the country, therefore, had a base. Buhari got the ticket he wanted, won the election, and all was fine until he secured his most precious second term in office, in an election where Tinubu once again, played significant roles. Since then, it’s been downhill for the former Lagos state governor.

Now, with all eyes set on 2023, the old debate about power rotation, and the argument that focus should be on competence, capacity, and qualifications, not on where a president comes from, resurfaced. 

Even Buhari himself made clear where he belongs on the issue of power rotation, when he said during an interview with Arise Television back in June 10, 2021, that “You cannot sit there in Lagos, for instance, and decide the fate of APC on zoning. Therefore we should allow the party to decide.”

At this point, the handwriting on the wall, became bold and clear enough for all to see, except of course, Tinubu who for some reason, consider it appropriate to keep hope alive. 

But while he’s at it, came what his supporters see as a deliberate attempt to sabotage Tinubu’s ambition when photos of Tinubu helping himself with a walking stick, which was shared by the presidency, soon went viral.

This move by the presidency, particularly at a time narratives where going against Tinubu over his health status, understandably left Tinubu feeling betrayed.

“Tinubu and his people are not happy that President Buhari brought NTA (Nigerian Television Authority- government-owned station) and others to visit him (during his treatment in London).” 

“When Lagos governor, (Babajide) Sanwo-Olu and (Abiodun) Faleke (federal lawmaker) visited him, nothing revealed he had a surgery or was sick. But the way Buhari had his photo ops handled by the Villa was not what he (Tinubu) bargained for.

“They felt betrayed that such pictures showing him with a walking stick would be released. Note that all the pictures were released by the Presidency, ” a source closed to Tinubu had said, according to Sahara Reporters.

But if that were not damaging enough, a recent statement by Buhari where he said his age is interfering with his working capacity, is an indirect attack on Tinubu whose age is already another issue of concern. 

Buhari who recently turned 79, said, “And about my age, yes, I see my colleagues, they are now resting and I assure you that I’m looking forward to the next 17 months when I too would have to be less busy.

“The age is telling on me. Working now for 6, 7, 8 hours a day in the office is no joke.”

A lot may not be in Tinubu’s favor right now, especially when rumors claim Buhari’s preferred successor is not even his vice, but Jonathan of all people. 

Regardless, Tinubu has every right to keep his dream of becoming the next president, alive. It won’t be long before the APC holds its party primary. Hopefully, the party survives once again though, amid its current crisis.

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Amidst gunshots, protests and fraud allegations, Fayemi’s candidate emerge winner

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Biodun Oyebanji, immediate past Secretary to Ekiti Government, has emerged winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries.

Declaring the winner, the chairman of the Primary Election Committee, Governor Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa, said Mr Oyebanji had 101,703 out of the total votes cast.

Mr Badaru announced this at the State Collation Centre, APC party secretariat in Ado-Ekiti.

“It is my pleasure to declare Biodun Oyebanji as the winner of this primary, having scored the highest votes cast. Having satisfied all necessary criteria, I hereby declare Abiodun Abayomi Oyebanji as the winner,” declared Mr Badaru.

He added that Ekiti APC had 183,560 registered members, 107,877 members were accredited, and the total votes cast was 104,983.

The chairman expressed surprise at the allegations by some aspirants that they were not consulted. He explained that the meeting slated for Thursday morning between the committee and the aspirants was cancelled because of a security report.

The Jigawa governor disclosed that the primaries took place across the 177 wards and that it was free and fair.

“However, there are pockets of violence. When we receive the results, we will know where we need to cancel; we will. As we have earlier promised, we have ensured a level playing ground for all aspirants,” the committee chairman added.

On the protest by some aspirants, the committee chairman explained that he had not received any official petition but only heard about it on the media. He directed that the returning officers of the wards where elections were not held should write their reports and submit the same to the committee.

The results presented by the 16 local government area returning officers revealed that Mr Oyebanj won in all the council areas.

Opeyemi Bamidele had 760 votes, Femi Bamisile, 400, Kayode Ojo, 767, Adedayo Adeyeye, 691 and Bamidele Faparusi, 376, Demola Popoola, 239 and Oluwasola Afolabi, 47 in the Option A4 direct primary adopted for the primary.

Six of the eight aspirants had protested the alleged hijack of the exercise in the morning and demanded the primaries be stopped. Messrs Oyebanji and Popoola were not among the protesters.

(NAN)

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PDP fixes February 19 for Lagos congress

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approved February 19 for the conclusion of its outstanding congress to elect new state executive committee members in Lagos.

The party disclosed this in a statement issued by its National Organising Secretary, Umar Bature, on Thursday in Abuja.

According to the statement, the NWC also scheduled a crucial meeting with Lagos stakeholders on February 7 at its zonal headquarters, Ibadan.

It added that the NWC would continue to update stakeholders on any development in that regard.

(NAN)

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Amid protests, fraud allegations, Biodun Oyebanji declared APC gubernatorial candidate

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Biodun Oyebanji, immediate past Secretary to Ekiti Government, has emerged winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries.

Declaring the winner, the chairman of the Primary Election Committee, Governor Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa, said Mr Oyebanji had 101,703 out of the total votes cast.

Mr Badaru announced this at the State Collation Centre, APC party secretariat in Ado-Ekiti.

“It is my pleasure to declare Biodun Oyebanji as the winner of this primary, having scored the highest votes cast. Having satisfied all necessary criteria, I hereby declare Abiodun Abayomi Oyebanji as the winner,” declared Mr Badaru.

He added that Ekiti APC had 183,560 registered members, 107,877 members were accredited, and the total votes cast was 104,983.

The chairman expressed surprise at the allegations by some aspirants that they were not consulted. He explained that the meeting slated for Thursday morning between the committee and the aspirants was cancelled because of a security report.

The Jigawa governor disclosed that the primaries took place across the 177 wards and that it was free and fair.

“However, there are pockets of violence. When we receive the results, we will know where we need to cancel; we will. As we have earlier promised, we have ensured a level playing ground for all aspirants,” the committee chairman added.

On the protest by some aspirants, the committee chairman explained that he had not received any official petition but only heard about it on the media. He directed that the returning officers of the wards where elections were not held should write their reports and submit the same to the committee.

The results presented by the 16 local government area returning officers revealed that Mr Oyebanj won in all the council areas.

Opeyemi Bamidele had 760 votes, Femi Bamisile, 400, Kayode Ojo, 767, Adedayo Adeyeye, 691 and Bamidele Faparusi, 376, Demola Popoola, 239 and Oluwasola Afolabi, 47 in the Option A4 direct primary adopted for the primary.

Six of the eight aspirants had protested the alleged hijack of the exercise in the morning and demanded the primaries be stopped. Messrs Oyebanji and Popoola were not among the protesters.

(NAN)

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